Tuesday News Update: Amazing Snow Day...Ain't It Good?!

New blog, snow days, cooking classes from our fave chefs...all that and more...Ain't It Good?!

If you need a soundtrack while you read this quick roundup of positive and happy stories from around Memphis—check out our theme song, “Ain’t It Good?!”, by Eddie Floyd and Mavis Staples.

SUBMIT YOUR GOOD NEWS TO [email protected]
blue man statue at Crosstown with snow on the ground
Alex Shanksy

And now, the good news:

New website, new design, New blog, yay!

ICYMI, we have a new website! Read more about it and check out the new features and weekly schedule here. —HW


There were too many great ones to share, but here are a few: 



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Women and Girls in Science St. Jude Blog Series

St. Jude’s new blog feature, Women of St. Jude, highlights the influences and events that shaped the careers of some of the women with key scientific and clinical roles at St. Jude. —EH

Bragging Rights: celebrate your birthday in Memphis

According to Conde Nast, Memphis is the spot to celebrate turning the big 2-1. Memphis staples such as Paula Raiford’s Disco and Beale Street made the list for the night time celebration, but they also featured some great morning after options. Check out the article here. —EH

Internet Access for Memphis veterans

Comcast announced on February 9 the opening of two new Xfinity Wi-Fi-connected “Lift Zones” in Memphis to support local Veterans and students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first two Lift Zones in Memphis are at Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc, located at 2226 Ball Road and 1183 Madison Avenue. With these Lift Zones, Veterans will have easier access to private tele-health consultations, special counseling services, education opportunities and the ability to do job searches. —EH

Alliance Health Services Wins Grant

More help is coming for Memphians in need of substance abuse and mental health services! Our area’s largest behavioral health provider, Alliance Healthcare Services, won a $4 million grant that provides access to more services for people of all ages. —EH

Virtual Cooking Classes For Le Bon Appetit

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s annual foodie fundraiser, Le Bon Appetit, is going virtual this year with cooking classes so you can whip up some amazing meals—and get instructions from local chefs like Kelly English, Jimmy Gentry, and Muddy’s Kat Gordon, plus chef from other cities like Oxford’s John Currence (of City Grocery) and Michael Gulotta of New Orleans. You can follow along on Zoom for the cooking classes, held every week starting February 22. Check out the full schedule and get your tickets here. —HW


My colleague Elizabeth Hornor and I work together on this weekly update, so going forward you’ll see that reflected by the sign-off initials for each bit of news. PLEASE submit your local good news by emailing her [email protected] with the subject line “Ain’t It Good”. **

** More about submitting: We’re looking for nonprofit successes, random victories, acts of kindness, rescued baby animals, positive national news coverage of Memphis…any thing that brings joy and brags a little on the people of our city. Send it in, and your story could appear on a future blog post!

Ed. Note: Special thanks to Kevin Brewer for the “Ain’t It Good” song suggestion and to Elizabeth Hornor for her assistance with this article.

snowfall on the bluff in Memphis with Harahan Bridge in background
Kevin Kern

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